A source close to the North Carolina MC tells THR that Cole has pushed up his album release from June 25 to June 18.
“I wanted to come out earlier, but I kept hitting these creative zones where I couldn’t finish,” Cole told the media site in November. “Cause I kept making more and more and more. It…was effortless, how I made this album.”
Effortless may be an understatement. The “Power Trip” rapper’s second go-round was originally scheduled for a Jan. 28 deadline but his perfectionism prolonged the creative process. “I have a really hard time settling for second best, and I may do a song tonight that is clearly better than every song I had ready for my album,” he told MTV Hive in March. “For sure I had an album, but to have an album by that date, it wasn’t going to work.”
Jermaine also reportedly wants to compete with Kanye West’s rumored LP drop date. “J. has been working nonstop to put out his album a week earlier –living in the studio, bringing in full orchestras and a choir,” the insider said.
Upon its 2011 release, Cole’s debut Cole World: The Sideline Story eventually topped the Billboard charts and was certified platinum.